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Melt My Eyez See Your Future – [Denzel Curry]

Confucius once said that real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance. Unfortunately for him, self-reflection doesn’t seem to be a particular strength for our species these days – many of us are prone to ignoring hard truths, content with living in our bubble away from the news and reality we’re captive to. Does salvation really exist alongside our suffering? Or does knowledge simply bring a painful consciousness regarding things we cannot change? On his long-awaited LP Melt My Eyez, See Your Future, Denzel Curry makes a strong case in favor of intense introspection, presenting listeners with a story of rapturous deliverance following years of meditative habits and inevitably facing himself. The album’s title is a direct reference to this – “Melt My Eyez” representing our own avoidant behaviors that ultimately harm us. “See Your Future” representing our shared humanity, the benefits of self-reflection, and the knowledge that we all have the power to better not only ourselves but the world around us. Inspired by “a combination of what’s going on right now in the world and Akira Kurosawa films with Toshiro Mifune”, Denzel Curry’s newest LP is his strongest yet, combining both classic and forward-thinking elements of …

Top 50 Chicago Projects of 2021

Every year, artists hailing from Chicago prove exactly why this is a city that belongs in the upper echelon of music, and this fact grows more abundantly obvious with every release that is put out. Whether a musician is world renown or locally recognized, there is never a shortage of creativity, effort, or innovation, and whether the rest of the country notices this or not, local fans are well aware of the goldmine that we are sitting on here in the Midwest.  Our goal here at Lyrical Lemonade has always been to shine a light on the remarkable sounds coming out of the city every single year, and even when we go in with certain expectations or presumptions, our minds are absolutely blown once we realize just how much dexterous and unique music was brought to life in the span of 12 short months. One thing that is inimitable within the local scene here is simply the sense of community because whether these talents are teaming up with one another or on entirely different levels of fame, everyone seems to show love to each other, ensuring their awareness of the eye-opening and head-turning styles that are being generated across the …

B Lovee’s “My Everything”: The Story Behind a Viral Hit and a Legendary Bronx Moment

Characterized by a rapid pace of output, uncontainable energy, a lawless palette of samples to rap on, and the personality of their buzzing section of NYC, the emerging scene of Bronx artists, from B Lovee to Kay Flock, Dougie B, and a host of others, is taking over NYC right now. They’re moving at breakneck speed, and with each passing minute, these artists are becoming more and more inescapable in their home city and beyond. This isn’t just the Bronx and this isn’t just NYC anymore — the scene is making serious waves on a national scale, and B Lovee is one of the names positioned right in the center of it all. Earlier this year, among his rich supply of solo releases and collaborations spread around YouTube, B Lovee released a song called “IYKYK,” turning a Wayne Wonder sample into an instantly memorable track that pushed the Bronx rapper even further into the spotlight around NYC. As the song continued to move and the demand for new B Lovee music only heightened by the day, new music — some officially released and some leaked — rapidly populated the internet. Among the songs leaked was a track called “My Everything,” …

Run Away – [NV]

No matter where in the world you are, there are so many different levels of the different music scenes that exist. Whether you’re on the come up with a small following, considered a local legend, or you’re someone who made it out of your hometown and have been recognized by other fanbases, I like to give credit to everyone because it’s not easy to constantly grind the way so many artists do. At the same time, when the number of streams start to rise, fans start to accumulate, and recognition begins to build, and it all starts to feel more and more worth it. A few years back, I met and became friends with an artist who goes by the name of NV, and I was impressed from very early on. He clearly had bars, something I knew right off the bat when I saw him freestyle at the party I met him at, but his versatility was something that caught my eye as well. Since then, life took over and through some obstacles in front of him, but even though I didn’t know him that well, I knew he was the type of guy to overcome and thrive no …

ForeveRolling: Sticking To The Plan & Playing Your Role

Blossoming out of Louisville right now, there’s an artist by the name of EST Gee making high-octane, hard-nosed rap anthems, structured around unforgiving street tales and menacing one-liners that have attracted early comparisons to trap legends like Jeezy. The music and its fast-occurring rise feel inescapable, thanks in part to one name, in particular: ForeveRolling. Having executive produced EST Gee’s last four projects, ForeveRolling is Louisville-based producer whose tag has become synonymous with some of Gee’s best songs like “Lick Back” and “Make It Even,” unforgettable in nature and always followed by ground-shaking drums and fast-paced, machine-gun like energy. Rolling has been there since Gee’s humble beginnings back in Louisville, and now that the two are seeing chart-topping momentum, he’s quickly become one of rap’s most in-demand, up-and-coming producers. Lil Baby and Lil Durk employed ForeveRolling for The Voice of the Heroes-standout “2040,” Moneybagg Yo rapped over a ForeveRolling beat on “GO!,” and the new Tory Lanez and Kodak Black single was a ForeveRolling special. As such, Rolling has landed on three-number one albums in the past three months — that is, after years of grinding away in a small city, not historically known for its hip-hop output. EST Gee · …

A Beginner’s Guide To NYC Sample Drill

Sampling isn’t a new thing, and it surely isn’t new to hip-hop. In the 90s, during what some would consider the “golden age” of hip-hop, producers were flipping the soul records they grew up with into cutting edge rap records. But as time went on and hip-hop grew, the laws surrounding the use of other artists’ music for sampling grew increasingly restrictive, and the connections and money needed to successfully clear samples partially closed that window for smaller, independent artists. As a result, some producers even made it a point to make sample-free music, reflective of the general attitude toward the arduous process and legal implications of sample-clearing. There’s a new sound taking over New York right now, though, unconcerned with any of this. A wave of sample-based production is happening all over the city, pairing classic songs of all genres with NYC’s omnipresent drill sound – a lethal combination of hard-nosed drum patterns and soaring 808s with colorful arrays of samples, from rock songs to soul songs and everything in between. Artists are ignoring the “red tape” of sample clearance and releasing new music at breakneck speed, encouraging others to do the same. As a result, an entire world of sound …

Top 50 Chicago Projects of 2020

It’s obvious that 2020 didn’t turn out nearly how anyone expected at the top of the year. With a global pandemic shaking things up, a pivotal presidential election coming to a head, numerous generational talents passing away, and racial injustice protests taking place across the country, it’s safe to say that this year was beyond unpredictable from even the most seasoned psychics. Nonetheless, Chicago persevered like only we know-how, bringing attention to these issues while also divulging into a plethora of other, more personal narratives in the form of music. Throughout the year, some mainstays in the city continued to impress us here at Lyrical Lemonade while other up-and-comers made some very valid, attention-grabbing claims as to why they’re the next rising star that deserves a place at the table. Also worthy of note, Chicago had some truly excruciating losses this year in terms of music legends whose work still shined through as some of the most impressive of the year, primed to carry on their legacy for years to come. All of that said, we’re more than excited to round this farfetched year out with Lyrical Lemonade’s Top 50 Chicago Projects of 2020. This is our 5th year bringing …

A$AP Twelvyy: The Epitome of Betting on Yourself

“I just like to let the kids know that this shit is authentic and it’s real. The dreams always come with nightmares. I’ve been down bad before, so I know what it’s like to get up.” -A$AP Twelvyy The rate at just how fast the game moves can be mind blowing at times. It seems like it was just yesterday when everyone was bragging about how much they wanted to be signed to major records, and now a lot of artists are preaching about independency. The art of making your own and owning your own art is something that is being highly praised right now–even to the point of some of the major artists are threatening to leave their labels and go down the independent trail. That’s not to disrespect the artists who are currently signed to major labels and are doing their thing. There are definitely some labels out there that will take care of their artists and mean the best to their artists that are on the label. However, there are also a lot of artists who are currently in bad record deals, receiving terrible splits, and overall not getting the push that they deserve from their label they …

A Conversation w/ A$AP Ferg: ‘Floor Seats 2’, Being An Innovator in Rap, Hustlers vs. Artists & More

“We care about challenging the listeners ears. They may not like it right now, but in a year or so, they may end up developing a taste for it. We are planting seeds, and that’s something that I want to continue to do as far as being an innovator.” -A$AP Ferg In a world where it can be difficult to come up with fresh and current ideas, it can be hard when trying to be an innovator in your craft. Especially in the rap game–it seems as if everything has already been talked about, every beat has been rapped on, and every city has had their shine. Despite the landscape being far more focused on mimicking others, we always have a handful of artists who’s main goal is to stay as fresh as possible–delivering new flows, cadences and instrumentals for us all to learn to love. The year is 2011, and a brand new rap collective emerged from Harlem, NY which we all know and love now, known as A$AP Mob. A$AP Rocky, the first to blow from the group had all eyes on him, but there was a second member of the group that would follow right behind him, …

A Conversation w/ !llmind: Adapting to Current Music Scene, Filipino Culture, Dropping Gems and More

“There’s just so many different sounds and vibes that I fell in love with, and as a creative and curious person, I can’t help but want to make all of them“ -!llmind Give credit where credit is due, and always give people their flowers while they can still smell them. While we often look towards the future and the next hot thing, we can forget about some of the amazing creators that came before us. With Hip-Hop recently celebrating 47 years of existence, it forces us to take a step back and look at where we came from, where we’re at now, and where we are going in the future. If there’s one thing for sure, legendary music producer !llmind has the resume and the work ethic to prove that he is belongs in the past, present, and future of the genre and of the culture, as a whole. !llmind being born in New Jersey puts him very close to New York – the home of Hip Hop itself. As he stands now, he currently has a production credit list that spans over almost two decades worth of material – ranging across various underground artists, well-known legends such as Jay-Z, …